See Black Friday ads from today's Modesto Bee newspaper

If you haven't had a chance to pick up a copy of today's Modesto Bee, you're missing out on a bonanza of Black Friday advertisements. At three and a half pounds, today's Bee's is the largest paper of the year, its weight more than triple that of the typical daily paper.

The Thanksgiving paper is packed with scores of ads for deals at hundreds of merchants in Modesto, Manteca, Oakdale, Turlock and many other communities in the Northern San Joaquin Valley and Sierra foothills. Most of the ads are for sales beginning Friday but many are for shops open for business today.

If you don't subscribe or haven't had a chance to buy a copy at a store or from a news rack, you can sample many of the ads at this link.

The Thanksgiving Bee isn't merely about advertising. The lead feature on Page A-1 is a compilation of stories on Modesto-area residents who are thankful for the blessings in their lives.

On the opinions pages, the lead editorial expresses gratitude for the area's agriculture industry and Editor Mark S. Vasche' has a column in which he finds inspiration in the pilgrims' landing at Plymouth, Mass., centuries ago.

Bee readers are invited to share photos of their Thanksgiving turkeys and table settings by e-mail to The photos, which become property of The Bee, will be published on and may be printed in the newspaper.